Mountain Festival (December 2017)

Canadian Mountain Network Mountain Festival: December 4 – 11, 2017

In honour of the United Nations’ International Mountain Day on December 11, the Canadian Mountain Network hosted the second annual Canadian Mountain Network Mountain Festival on 4-11 December 2017 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Mountain Festival brings the research community together to celebrate the incredible richness and diversity of mountain cultures, ecosystems and landscapes in Canada and around the world.

With this Festival, the Canadian Mountain Network joined other Canadian mountain communities in hosting events to mark the United Nations’ International Mountain Day.

To honour the United Nations’ 2017 theme for International Mountain Day, “Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, and Migration”, the Mountain Festival will feature events that highlight the particular challenges that mountain communities face across the globe. Highlights from our event calendar included:

  • Keynote presentation “Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest” by Wade Davis on December 6, 2017, at 12:00-1:30 PM
  • Panel Discussion: Biodiversity, Contaminants, and Indigenous Food Security in Mountain Places on 
  • Talk and Tour “Salt, Sword, and Crozier,” an exhibition in Peel library on December 4
  • CPAWS “Love Your Headwaters Conversation Café” on December 5
  • Book Talk on “Searching for Mary Schäffer” on December 7
  • Live streaming of International Mountain Day events from Canadian mountain towns on December 11, 2017
  • Mountain Art Show at the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre in Tumbler Ridge, BC from  

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